Las Vegas Nev. (Nov. 16, 2016)–You’re in Las Vegas for the excitement this great city provides. From non-stop entertainment options to opulent nightclubs to world-class dining, this great city has it all. But it also has its own escapes…a chance to get away and decompress; a spot to play a little golf at one of the most awe-inspiring layouts around. It’s time to take on Bali Hai Golf Club. Best of all, it’s located right on the famed Las Vegas Strip. –By Bill Bowman.
Bali Hai is a par-71 layout designed by Schmidt-Curley and owned by Walters Golf. The layout can reach 7,002 yards from the tips. Click here to make a tee time at Bali Hai Golf Club (balihaigolfclub.com/tee-times/)
“It’s quite literally an oasis in the middle of Las Vegas on so many different levels,” said Greg Schroeder, director of marketing for Walters Golf. “You’ve got a lush, tropical paradise with water features and green grass everywhere. When you pull into the gates, you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island.”
How lush can a golf course be on the Las Vegas Strip, you may ask? Well, how about 100,000 tropical plants and flowers along with more than 2,500 mature palm trees. Add in those deep-blue ponds along with Augusta-like white-sand bunkers and you’ve got a golf course that will overload the senses.
It’s an ideal place to leave your worries and troubles behind. “There’s no hustle and bustle and congestion like on the Strip with all of the casinos, lights, smoke, noise and tons of people,” Schroeder said.
The relaxation starts the minute guests step through the doors of the immense and immaculate clubhouse. Whether patrons are on site to play golf or to dine at world-acclaimed Cili restaurant, the ambience and professionalism stand out. “The whole atmosphere is different from anything else you’ll see in Las Vegas,” Schroeder said.
On the course, players will find a layout that is as challenging as it is beautiful. From the tee shot on the first hole through the final putt on the 18th, players will see 18 picture-postcard designs.
With dramatic elevation changes, amazing views and immaculate conditions, it’s 18 holes of golf paradise.
And they have definitely saved the best–and most challenging–for last. The final three holes, a par-3 and a pair of par 4s, will test players’ shotmaking ability as well as their nerves.
The par-3 16th is just 141-yards from the tips. That’s the good news. The bad news is the shot is to an island green that has several levels to add to the difficulty. The 17th (484 yards) and the 18th (486 yards) are PGA-Tour length par 4s. The 18th is the hole that legends are made from. Hitting the fairway off the tee is a must for players to have any shot at par (or the occasional birdie). The second shot is where the nerves come into play. It is into a green that is guarded on the front and the right side by bunkering. And the bunker nestles up next to a deep blue pond that adds to the challenge and the beauty.
“It’s a great finishing hole,” Schroder said. “You couldn’t create a more dramatic hole to finish around. You could put a PGA Tour event here and this course would certainly hold its own.”
Before or after the round, a stop in the clubhouse is a must. Whether it’s for a bite to eat or to buy golf apparel or merchandise, the choices will satisfy all your needs.
It’s simple: You’re in Las Vegas to sample the very best of everything this great city has to offer. That goes from dining to shows to entertainment. And that also includes a round of golf at Bali Hai.